As these erratic and stressful times make it increasingly difficult to find calmness and relaxation in our lives, one of the few options left is to create a peaceful haven in the comfort of our own home. This is the reason why Zen principles applied in interior design have increased in popularity and become a trend of modern days.
But what does Zen actually mean? In Japanese, Zen refers to meditation. In interior design, it reflects Balance, Harmony, and Relaxation. Consider these 8 simple steps to turn your home totally Zen.
1. Choose Earthy Colours
A Zen-inspired design is all about natural colors such as white, grey, shades of beige or pink beige that have the power to induce a sense of relaxation and calmness. Chromatic harmony between the various elements is very important, as well as the visual continuity between walls, furniture, and floors.
To add contour to a monochrome room, you may choose to combine a dominant color with matching objects and textured textiles such as white with moleskin or beige with rosewood. To create diversity, combine two matching colors or play with degrades of your favorite color.
2. Place Softness At Your Feet
Parquet is always a safe choice, as well as any massive wooden flooring. White, greyish or any light-colored parquets are especially refined but you can also choose colored parquet provided it matches the rest of the room.
Resin floor finishing can also be extremely comfortable for a modern or loft atmosphere. Wool carpets provide a real sense of comfort but require a higher level of maintenance. However, if you choose a carpet, you may refine your Zen décor and reinforce the cocooning sensation of the room by associating several carpets made of wool or pure cotton.
3. Bring In Calmness With Green Plants
Plants have a calming effect through their soothing green colors and by providing oxygen. However, avoid flowers that need special maintenance or may emanate disturbing scents. Bonsai trees or hanging terrariums make a good choice and are often included in Zen décor.
4. Play With Soft and Natural Fight
For a fully relaxing space, replace harsh florescent lights with calming, nature-inspired or candle lights. Place different sources of light which will allow you to control the intensity and the areas to be lighted. Avoid projecting a strong direct light from the ceiling and take advantage of all possibilities to mix a floor lamp, a lamp set, and indirect light.
For the bed area, wall-mounted reading lights are very practical as they can be oriented to emphasize the respective area, unlike bedside lamps which are rarely flexible. If you like diffused light, you may opt for some nice (scented) candles.
5. Keep Ornaments and Decorations To A Minimum
Simplicity is the correct description for all wall decorations. Avoid collections of paintings or photos and keep only those that are especially dear to you. For a fully harmonious and playful library, cover all your books in monochrome paper.
6. Enhance With Natural Scents
A homemade linen spray, soy or beeswax candles, and essential oils are all-natural ways to enhance your room with fresh scents, which can not only be calming when it’s time to sleep, but also invigorating when it’s time to wake.
7. Keep Furniture Simple and Natural
Zen style furniture is characterized by simple and clear lines, avoiding complicated detail and excess ornamentation. The furniture should be of high quality and made of natural materials as they bring a sense of warmth and relaxation. Storage pieces (closets, cupboards, chests of drawers) may be brought to life if painted in colors matching the rest of the interior. As the bedroom is usually the key room of a Zen interior, here are some special recommendations for bedroom furniture:
- Place the bed close to a source of natural light and avoid placing it in front of the door or a passage area.
- Keep your bed decorations to a minimum and do not exaggerate with the cushions. Rather go for different sized pillows with different pillowcases that you can arrange for sleeping or reading
- Nightstands are very useful and a nice feature of the décor.
- For a reading nook, choose a simple armchair and pay attention to the simple lines of the furniture.